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Stan Collymore… Moral Guardian?

I often wonder where they would have been if we hadn’t have taken them in, fed them and washed them. Imagine the scene. A leading club, one of England’s best-supported, reaches the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against a long-standing, bitter rival in a match televised live by the BBC. From an early stage, they look a distant second best and long before half-time they are a demonstrably beaten side. Their fans know this. And there seems little point in trying to urge their team on. Instead, they begin to sing “Pakis go home” alongside chants glorifying the bloody...

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The 200% Podcast 1: What Does A Manager Actually *Do*?

Those of you who continued to follow the fortunes of this website while it was on its hiatus from football will be fully aware of the fact that podcasting every Friday became a regular staple of our diet. Well, now we’ve climbed aboard the football bandwagon again, it’s time to resurrect that terrible idea, so here’s our very first podcast of 2015, in which Edward Carter and I try to figure out the vaguest job description in the world, that of the professional football manager. We’re a bit rusty, so forgive us for that, but from now on it...

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Premier League Players Worth Every Penny, Says Peck

Amid all the fevered reaction to the national GDP-sized English Premier League (EPL) TV deal for 2016-2019, one article particularly activated my bile duct. It wasn’t from a usual suspect, either. No Martin Samuel little-Englander/Francophile nonsense. No mainstream Scottish media straight-down-the-line lying. But the Independent newspaper’s hitherto inoffensive and, in my opinion, highly-readable Tom Peck, in his column last Saturday. Peck eschewed all calls for football’s multi-millions to help football’s “grassroots” (a heavily-ironic description, given the state of so many park pitches, where actual grassroots would be a start). The grassroots, and the call to reduce EPL ticket prices,...

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Charlton Athletic’s Cautionary Tale

Charlton Athletic is a curious football club. Mention its name ten years ago and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t agree that it had, over the previous ten years, become a byword for stability and a blueprint for success for promoted clubs looking establish  themselves in the Premier League. Mention it today, however, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone outside the club who would describe it as such. Instead you’ll get a rolling of the eyes, a tut and a trite statement about how you should be careful what you wish for and how...

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Preston North End 1-3 Manchester United: And The Reds Go Stumbling On

They came, they saw, and eventually, with the assistance of a goal that had a none too subtle hint of offside about it and a penalty kick that may or me not have been partially justified, Manchester United are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. In knockout competitions few will remember how you got to there if you end up winning the competition, but none of this is to say that there was a considerable amount of glory about their win at League One Preston North End. If this team is expected to challenge for the Premier...

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